Milwaukee County War Memorial

Women at War Series:
FREE MOVIE! Watch LIONESS on March 22nd!

On March 22, 2018,  the War Memorial Center will host a screening of the award-winning 2008 documentary Lioness, which follows five women soldiers who served a year in Iraq.

The 82-minute film will start at 6:30 p.m. and female combat veterans will speak after the film.

About the Film

The documentary tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who were part of the first program in American history to send women into direct ground combat.

Without the same training as their male counterparts but with a commitment to serve as needed, these young women fought in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war and returned home as part of this country’s first generation of female combat veterans.

Lioness makes public, for the first time, their hidden history.

Told through intimate accounts, journal excerpts, archival footage, as well as interviews with military commanders, the film follows Team Lioness, five women who served together for a year in Iraq. With captivating detail, this probing documentary reveals the unexpected consequences that began by using these Army women to defuse tensions with local civilians, but resulted in their fighting alongside Marine combat units in the streets of Ramadi.

Together the women’s candid narratives describing their experiences in Iraq and scenes from their lives back home form a portrait of the emotional and psychological effects of war from a female point of view.

Q&A Panelists

Marissa Readinger: U.S. Army Female Engagement Teams, Afghanistan.

Corianna Cavazos: Senior Airman, U.S. Air Force, Arabic Linguist, Iraq.

Meg Jones: War Correspondent in Afghanistan and Iraq for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

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